• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foreganger (Naut) A short rope grafted on a harpoon, to which a longer line may be attached.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foreganger One who goes before; a forerunner.
    • n foreganger In whaling, a piece of rope, of the same kind as the tow-line, made fast to the shank of a toggle-iron or harpoon, with an eye-splice in one end: so called by English and Scotch whalemen, more frequently by Americans the strap or iron-strap. The process of adjusting this rope to the iron is known to the latter as strapping, to the former as spanning.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prop., a goer before cf. G. voregänger,. See Fore, and Gang


In literature:

A piece of small, but stout line, called, I think, the foreganger, is spliced securely to the shank of the harpoon.
"The Lieutenant and Commander" by Basil Hall